Boston’s Best Places to See Flowers This Spring

March 9, 2013 6:00 AM

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(Photo Credit: 
Kelleher Rose Garden Of The Emerald Necklace Park System)

(Photo Credit:
Kelleher Rose Garden Of The Emerald Necklace Park System)

When the promise of warmer temperatures and longer days finally arrives, the flowers and blooming trees across the city offer a long-awaited embrace to sun-starved Bostonians. One of the best times to truly enjoy city living is during the spring season when rising temperatures make it a bit more comfortable to partake in outdoor activities. From spilling topiaries in windows to small plantings in local gardens, there is much to be seen — and smelled. This Spring, visit the four following places to warm your sensibilities and delight your senses.
(Photo from Boston Flower And Garden Show)

(Photo from Boston Flower And Garden Show)

Boston Flower And Garden Show
Seaport World Trade Center
200 Seaport Blvd.
Boston, MA 02210
(781) 237-5533
www.bostonflowershow.com

Click here for show dates and pricing.

Highly regarded as one of the best local expositions, the Boston Flower and Garden Show is the perfect place to find inspiration for your home garden. With numerous workshops and demonstrations related to planting, arranging and urban gardening, you’re sure to pick up new skills and live out your wildest gardening dreams. If you’re ready to reveal the talents of your green thumb, you may also opt to enter any of the floral competitions. The Seaport World Trade Center offers parking onsite and is also accessible via the MBTA Silver Line.

(credit: Friends Of Public Garden, Inc.)

(credit: Friends Of Public Garden, Inc.)

Boston Public Garden
51 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02108
www.cityofboston.gov

When the Swan Boats return to the Public Garden, it’s your signal to schedule a visit. Located in the heart of Boston, the Public Garden offers rotational plantings throughout the spring and summer months. Be sure to return multiple times over the course of the season to see fresh flowers and blooming trees. The Public Garden is easily accessible via the Arlington T station (Green Line) or the Park St. Station (Red and Green lines) on the MBTA. Public restrooms are available at the Frog Pond, which is a short walk from the garden.

Related: Guide To Enjoying The Charles River

(photo courtesy: Mount Auburn Cemetery)

(photo courtesy: Mount Auburn Cemetery)

Mount Auburn Cemetery
580 Mount Auburn St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 547-7105
www.mountauburn.org

Click here for information about hours and other visitor information.

Mount Auburn Cemetery is well known both for its architectural elements and the fame of some of its interred residents, including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Oliver Wendell Holmes. This National Historic Landmark also offers an amazing array of seasonal plantings and blooming trees throughout the year. One such feature is the 20-plus varieties of blooming cherry trees. If you cannot make it to Washington DC to view the blooming cherry trees, be sure to plan a local trip to Mount Auburn. Parking is available onsite throughout the cemetery in specially marked areas. Be sure to review the visiting tips prior to making your plans. If you’re so inclined, you can also opt to take a group tour of the cemetery. Information regarding tours can be found here.

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Kelleher Rose Garden Of The Emerald Necklace Park System
73 Park Drive
Boston, MA 02215
www.emeraldnecklace.org

Spanning five miles in length, Boston’s Emerald Necklace, part of the National Register of Historic Places, is well worth a visit this spring for strolls and bloom gazing. Reknowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead created this park system in the early 20th century to allow city residents the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and to escape the hustle of the city. For your first visit into the park system, visit the Kelleher Rose Garden, part of the Fens, to view spring plantings. In the May and June time frame, you can return for the blooming of the roses. Street parking is free and available near the garden.

Cristy is a city dwelling enthusiast, an arts, culture, and technology lover, and an all around curious person. As an examiner, she covers all things Boston. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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